Russia and Qatar making all efforts to return Russians home — diplomat

MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/: Russian agencies and Qatar's authorities are making maximum efforts to organize evacuation of Russian citizens from Doha, Russian Foreign Ministry's official spokeswoman Maria Zakharova told TASS on Wednesday.

"Work is underway to unblock the situation with Russian citizens in Qatar. Russian agencies and Qatar's authorities are making maximum efforts so that Russian citizens may leave for Russia," Zakharova said.

Earlier reports said that around 380 Russian citizens are waiting at the Doha airport to fly to Russia.


Chief sanitary physician orders Russians to keep distance of no less than one meter

MOSCOW, April 1. /TASS/: All citizens must keep a distance of no less than one meter from each other, this restriction does not apply to taxi trips, reads the executive order issued by Russia’s Chief Sanitary Physician Anna Popova posted on the official website of regulatory legal acts on Wednesday.

"Citizens must keep a distance of no less than one meter from other citizens, including in public places and public transport, except for the provision of services to transport passengers and luggage by taxi," the document reads.

Russian plane with medical equipment departs for US

AERODROME CHKALOVSKY (Moscow Region), April 1. /TASS/: A Russian plane with medical equipment on board has departed for the United States, the Russian Defense Ministry said on Wednesday.

"The Russian plane with medical masks and medical equipment on board has departed for the United States," the ministry said.

A spokesperson for the US Administration told TASS that the US authorities are expecting the Russian plane to arrive on Wednesday.

RUSSIA: Oil prices might drop to $15-20 per barrel due to strong demand decline, experts say

MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/: The decline of oil prices that began after the collapse of the OPEC+ agreement has not yet been completed. Prices may drop to $15-20 per barrel in the near future, experts interviewed by TASS said. However, they believe that withdrawal from the OPEC+ deal to limit production, which will enter into force on March 31, is not the reason for it, but an unprecedented decline in global demand amid a pandemic.

Putin, Trump did not discuss the US $15 mln bounty for Maduro’s ‘apprehension’ — Kremlin

MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/: Presidents of Russia and the US Vladimir Putin and Donald Trump did not discuss the US initiative to put up a $15 bounty for information that would lead to "arrest or conviction" of Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro, Kremlin spokesman, Dmitry Peskov said.

When asked whether the two leaders discussed the issue during a phone call that took place on the US initiative, the spokesman answered in the negative.

RUSSIA: Parliament approves law on 5-year prison term for fakes that entail dire effects

MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/: Russia’s Federation Council (upper house) on Tuesday voted for amendments to the Criminal Code envisaging a maximum prison term of five years for spreading gross fakes that entail dire effects.

Spreading socially significant falsehoods that have entailed health consequences will be punishable with 700,000 rubles to 1,500,000 rubles ($9,000-$18,000) or an 18-month wage, or 12 months of correctional works, or compulsory works, or three years in prison.

Russians to be fined up to $3,800 for breaking coronavirus quarantine

MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/: Russia’s lower house of parliament, the State Duma, has endorsed fines of up to 300,000 ($3,800) for citizens, who don’t have the coronavirus, in case they violate quarantine rules.

These fines are outlined in the amendments to the Code of Administrative Offenses approved by the State Duma on Tuesday.

PM Mishustin orders to allocate funds to Russians remaining abroad

MOSCOW, March 31. /TASS/: The Russian government asked the Finance Ministry to allocate funds to support Russian citizens having no opportunity to return from overseas, according to government’s assignments posted on Tuesday.

"The Russian Finance Ministry to support allocation of budget assignments of the federal budget for 2020 to the Russian Ministry of Foreign Affairs to support Russian citizens having no opportunity to return to the Russian Federation, requiring material assistance and not having housing in the country of stay," the document says.

Chief physician of Moscow clinic for coronavirus patients diagnosed with COVID-19

MOSCOW, March 31./TASS/: The chief physician of the clinic for coronavirus patients in Moscow's Kommunarka, Denis Protsenko has been infected with the novel coronavirus, Rossiya-24 news channel reports referring to medics.

"My dear friends, I very much appreciate your concern. Indeed, I have tested positive for the CoV virus but I feel quite well. I have self-isolated in my office where I have everything I need to telecommute," Protsenko wrote on Facebook. 

He added that the hard work he had done in the past month must have lowered his resistance to infection.

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